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Canal & River News – July 20th

Canal & River News 20-7-2012

St Giles Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge 2012

21 July 2012

 The Washlands,  Burton upon Trent,  Staffordshire

The third St Giles Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge takes to the water on Saturday 21st July 2012 on the River Trent.

The event is being run in conjunction with Gable Events an approved operator of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association.

Teams consist of 10 paddlers and a drummer (with the steerer) provided. Teams need a £50 entry fee to secure their place and then need to raise a minimum sponsorship of £830 (£75) per person. In addition to the entertainment on the river there will be refreshments/childrens entertainment and craft stalls on site – so lots going on!

Funds raised from the challenge will go towards helping local people living in the community with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Anyone interested in entering a team should contact myself either on 01543 434542 or email jenni.dawson@st-giles-hospice.org.uk

Historically one of England’s major trading rivers, the River Trent rises in the Staffordshire hills near Stoke-on-Trent. It grows in stature as it flows through Burton-on-Trent, Shardlow – where it becomes navigable – Nottingham, Newark and Gainsborough to Trent Falls. There, it joins the River Humber.


Heritage Centre Latest


Baguley 0-4-0 Diesel Mechanical 3410/1955

This is the latest locomotive to come into the Heritage Centre, taking the place of Bass No.5, which is going to be used in the Industrial Gala of September 11th & 12th.

Built with a Gardner type 6L3 engine of 150 brake horse-power and fitted with Wilson Drewry transmission.  The original livery was middle green with unusual dark blue buffer beams.  The loco was delivered to Marston, Thompson and Evershed Brewery, Burton-on-Trent in February 1955.

The original  Marston’s No.4

The name and number plate can be clearly seen on the top photo, but the number 4 is missing on the photo below., although the name is there!